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Trade Deadline Talk: Penguins limited in being able to offer high picks from 2016, 2017 drafts

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With the trade deadline six days away, the Penguins are limited in their ability to move high draft picks in the next two drafts because of the stipulations from the Phil Kessel trade.

The conditions of the Kessel trade are this:

*If Pittsburgh qualifies for the 2016 post-season, Toronto will receive Pittsburgh’s 2016 first round pick and the Penguins will receive a 2016 second round pick from Toronto, which is Pittsburgh’s original 2016 second round pick that was traded to Toronto last February in the Daniel Winnik trade.

*If Pittsburgh fails to qualify for the 2016 playoffs, no 2016 draft choices change hands. Pittsburgh keeps their 2016 first rounder and Toronto keeps the 2016 second round draft choice from the Daniel Winnik trade. Under this scenario, Toronto then receives Pittsburgh’s 2017 first round pick and Pittsburgh receives a 2017 second round pick from the Maple Leafs. Both 2017 draft choices are tied to whether the Penguins qualify for the 2017 post-season or not.

*If the Penguins fail to qualify for the 2017 post-season, Toronto receives a 2017 second round pick from Pittsburgh and the Penguins keep their 2017 first rounder.

With their 2016 and 2017 first round draft picks tied to the Kessel trade, pending the Penguins qualifying for the post-season or not, Pittsburgh cannot trade either in deals before the deadline.

If the Penguins are going to trade a first round pick, it would have to be a 2018 first rounder at the earliest.

Official draft picks from the next three drafts the Penguins can trade before the deadline are the following:

2016 Draft Choices:

2nd Round Pick (Originally Anaheim’s, acquired in Nick Bonino trade)
3rd Round Pick
4th Round Pick
5th Round Pick
6th Round Pick

2017 Draft Choices:

3rd Round Pick
4th Round Pick
5th Round Pick
6th Round Pick
7th Round Pick

2018 Draft Choices:

1st Round Pick
2nd Round Pick
3rd Round Pick
4th Round Pick
5th Round Pick
6th Round Pick
7th Round Pick

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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